Henry’s Letterpress Ticket Birth Announcements

Letterpress Ticket Birth Announcements | Maida Vale

What could be sweeter than a newborn little one slumbering on a guitar? Not much, I’m sure! These adorable letterpress birth announcements by Heather from Maida Vale for her son, Henry, are a wonderful combination of photography, letterpress, and musical inspiration.

Heather shares:

Before Henry’s birth, my husband, Shawn, and I developed the concept behind his announcement. Shawn is a musician, so using this as the inspiration, I designed a “ticket” wrap to announce Henry’s debut. After Henry was born, Seattle photographer, Carolyn Kipper, orchestrated the photo of him perched on Shawn’s guitar. I then printed the wraps on my press and outsourced double-sided photo cards. Finally, we tied the whole bundle together with a guitar pick and baker’s twine.

Letterpress Ticket Birth Announcements | Maida Vale

Custom Letterpress + Photo Birth Announcements | Maida Vale

Letterpress Ticket Wrap | Maida Vale

Photo Birth Announcement | Maida Vale

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2014 Calendars, Part 8

I’m wrapping up my 2014 calendar picks today and have one last bunch of great designs to share before a I call it a season. This lovely group includes oodles of florals and botanicals, as well as a floral letterpress calendar with a unique and thought-provoking concept, a bold, graphic desk calendar, and a wall planner that celebrates the good things in life.

Be sure to check out all of my other 2014 calendar picks, too!

2014 Calendars, Part 8 as seen on papercrave.com

1. Floral Wall Calendar | Snow & Graham 2. Flora (Grey) | Frances MacLeod 3. Growth & Decay | Mink Letterpress 4. Heat Wave | Oddball Press 5. ‘Good Things’ Wall Planner | Doodlelove 6. 2014 Desktop Calendar | Two Trick Pony

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Free Holiday Printables by Zü

Free Printable Holiday Box | Zü

I was instantly enamored with this absolutely adorable trio of free printable holiday goodies from Zü. The cute triangle box, gift wrap sheet, and gift tags are just the thing for creating sweet and lovely holiday gift packaging, and they’re just a few of the awesome freebies and tutorials that you’ll find on Zü.

Thanks so much to Linnette for introducing me to this beautiful French blog and boutique!

Free Printable Holiday Gift Wrap | Zü

Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags | Zü

images from Zü

Quick Picks : 12.5.13

Deer of Mirkwood Screenprints (inspired by "The Hobbit") | Alex Pearson

Deer of Mirkwood Screen Prints (inspired by “The Hobbit”) by Alex Pearson

This Week’s Picks

♥ A beautiful, free printable “thank you” postcard from Melissa Esplin. – via

♥ Fantastic, typographic gift wrap by Angelo Stitz.

♥ Wow … amazingly intricate, hand cut paper sculptures by Rogan Brown.

♥ A sweet, hand lettered birth announcement for little Imogen.

♥ A very cool 2014 lunar calendar by Tyler Stout.

♥ Beautiful, deep red paper dahlia ornaments from Paper Altar. – via

images from Alex Pearson

2013 Holiday Card Picks, Pt. 4

It’s time for another roundup of awesome holiday card designs, and this eclectic group is filled with foil stamped, hand lettered, and typographic goodness, plus a touch of Tudor style.

Holiday Card Picks, Pt. 4 as seen on papercrave.com

Above, clockwise from top left : Tudor Christmas | Oddball Press; Sparkling Script | Three Little Words; Naughty | Branch & Olive; Peace, Love, and Joy | Spring Olive; Merry & Bright | Mint Chip Ink; Noel Laurels | Hartland Brooklyn; Happiness & Love | The Yellow Note

View all of my 2013 holiday card picks

View All Holiday Card Picks

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